• David Nott

How to grow an Ideal apple

Yesterday, my friend sent me a box of Red Fuji apples. Immediately after the first bite, I was

surprised by the sweetness and brittleness of the beautiful red fruit, and I started to wonder

how the farmers grow these kinds of apples. So I searched on the Internet. I concluded from

an article that the essential tips in apple farming are:

1. Dry, low-temperature environment

2. Punctual snowfall

3. Abundant sunlight

4. Acid soil

5. Minor climate change

The article also mentions that apple farmers are now facing problems due to climate change.

Typically, due to the extensive increase in temperature and decrease in snowfall, apple

farmers in India were forced further into the Himalayas to grow their crops. “There is a

disturbance in the cycle; what was normal [weather], appropriate for apples, is not there.”

An Indian farmer admitted in an interview. He lost a fifth of his harvest to unanticipated hail

in April. A May drought damaged his crops two years before that.“We’ll have to see what

happens in spring,” says the farmer.

Another factor that I found holds farmers back is the unfavourable business environment.

Indian farmers were rarely educated; they lacked business knowledge. Many of them do not

have access to the market. They cannot sell the products directly to the consumers, so the

most commonly used practice is to sell their products to big companies at a low price, and

then the company will sell them to the consumers for profit. Consequently, it is hard for

farmers to sustain their farming business and hence still remain below the poverty line.

We must all take time out and think about what can we as consumers do to help or

improve these apple farmers’ conditions.

- Samantha

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